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Beginnings is a 9-12-week small-group study that introduces the basics of Christian faith. Each session includes a meal, a video presentation, and a small-group discussion. This guide will help you, as small-group leader, facilitate the group discussion following the weekly video presentation. With background information about Beginnings, suggestions for nurturing a successful small group, and a discussion guide for each of the twelve sessions, this book will assist you in offering a transforming experience to the participants in your small group.
Beginnings: An Introduction to the Christian Faith introduces twelve core beliefs and practices of believers in Christ. We invite inquirers to begin an intentional journey with Jesus. By the end of this study, participants will decide to explore the Christian life more deeply.
The small group leader's guide contains all the materials necessary for the leader to lead the discussion as well as So, is this all there is? (Introduction) Who is Jesus, and why should I care? (Jesus Christ) Why am I not where I want to be? (Sin and the Cross) What happens when I die? (Death and Resurrection) Can I trust God? (Providence and Suffering) How does God speak to me? (The Bible) If I dont feel lost, why do I need to be found? (Salvation and Conversion) Can I start again? (Forgiveness and Wholeness) How do I speak to God? (Prayer) How can I make a life and not just a living? (The Good Life) Why should I join any group that will have me as a member? (Church Membership) Love feast! (Remembering, Sharing, and Continuing the Journey)
specific guidance for each of the 12 sessions:
Andy Langford is a United Methodist pastor from North Carolina. Andy edited The United Methodist Book of Worship and wrote Your Ministry of Planning a Christian Funeral, and ChristianWeddings: Resources to Make Your Ceremony Unique. Andy's work blends scholarly, liturgical expertise with years of pastoral and practical suggestions for ministry.
Mark Ralls is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the co-author of Beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith and Beginnings: The Spiritual Life.